laurence turner

the random musings of a fool

… le deluge

A quiet weekend leads to a major outpouring of news and… stuff.

It’s International Blue Beanie Day, 2009. Today, don a blue beanie and show your support for Web Standards.

A marvelous idea: For Forest Kindergartners, Class Is Back to Nature, Rain or Shine, nytimes.com / Disturbingly bad architecture: Romanian Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010, archdaily.com / Venice hit by high water (video), guardian.co.uk / coming to a browser near you – 2010: The Year Information Pollution Takes Off, seobook.com / New York destroyed in movies, kottke.org / a picture is worth a thousand words and a few trillion dollars: 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis, flowingdata.com / The Illustrated Man: How LED Tattoos Could Make Your Skin a Screen, wired.com / The Fall and Rise of Media, nytimes.com / Over 60, and Proud to Join the Digerati, nytimes.com / Twitter with a brain, shotton.com / One in six Americans go hungry, breakingtweets.com / 15 Unfortunately Placed Ads, oddee.com / Thanksgiving Dinner: Your Best Preview of the 2012 Elections, theawl.com / As Sewers Fill, Waste Poisons Waterways, nytimes.com / What did ‘Life of Brian’ ever do for us?, telegraph.co.uk

in the beginning… there was this web page.

Amazingly, there is nothing new to report about Silvio Berlusconi and his proclivities.

Filed under: architecture, film, news, tech

giving thanks

Loudon Wainwright Looks ‘High’ For Inspiration, npr.org / What If Steve Jobs Hadn’t Returned To Apple In 1997?, techcrunch.com / America, the beautiful? – Roadside Architectural Wonders, howstuffworks.com / Solar System Scale Model, phrenopolis.com

Filed under: architecture, history, music, tech, thanks

we could build a large wooden badger…

How Google can guess what you are thinking, guardian.co.uk / the question of space, lebbeuswoods.wordpress.com / the OS opportunity, daringfireball.net / Bah, humbug! Postal Service Cancels Letters to Santa Program, npr.org / History Promises Disaster in Afghanistan for Blind America, harpers.org / Captain Blackbeard’s College of Piracy – Ye Olde Course Catalogue, Spring ’10, mcsweeneys.net

Filed under: architecture, news, tech

Weekend Reading Assignment

Catching up… been a little hectic around here of late. Sorry for my absence, O’ Mighty Web!

“It’s so terrible, it induces an entirely new emotion: a blend of vertigo, disgust, anger and embarrassment that I like to call “shitasmia.” It not only creates this emotion: it defines it. It’s the most shitasmic cultural artefact in history. Watch it for yourself. Still, bad though it is, I vaguely prefer the clumping, clueless, uncool, crappiness of Microsoft’s bland Stepford gang to the creepy assurance of the average Mac evangelist.” – Posted this Charlie Brooker piece a while back when it was first published by The Guardian, but it’s still funny: Better the broken Windows than life with the Mac monks, smh.com.au

Some wind in the sails of the Green Movement? Perhaps… Spain gets 53% of its energy from wind!, greenmonk.net / Sarah Palin Suggests Coin Conspiracy In Wisconsin Speech, huffingtonpost.com / With Berlusconi in the Soup, nybooks.com /  Barack Obama ‘risks Suez-like disaster’ in Afghanistan, says key adviser, guardian.co.uk / The Frightening Beauty of Bunkers by Paul Virilio, themorningnews.org / Robotic Tightrope Walkers for High-Voltage Lines, spectrum.ieee.org / I am become Death, destroyer of worlds, economist.com / The Nerd Handbook, randsinrepose.com / Big news? Twitter and LinkedIn Status Updates Are Now Synced, mashable.com / ‘Pirate Radio’ Tunes Into Rock-Revolution Nostalgia, npr.org / Be afraid, be very afraid… your privacy ended in 1994: User Tracking, philipgreenspun.com / Another step towards the Fourth Discontinuity: Bare, bareconductive.com

We took our daughter to see Where the Wild Things Are the other day. Go see it before we are all turned into robots of the hive mind.

Filed under: architecture, environment, film, music, news, politics, tech

various and sundry items…

Murdoch’s non-apology apology, guardian.co.uk / 9/11’s delayed legacy: cancer for many of the rescue workers, guardian.co.uk / bomb grid, bldgblog.blogspot.com / flu shot finder, google maps / typekit is open for business / Congress: not quite the people’s house, harpers.org / why Google is buying AdMob, businessweek.com / following in Japan’s footsteps: Fed official sees high unemployment for years, npr.org / Hosed, newyorker.com / the making of an American soldier, guardian.co.uk

Let’s bring ’em home.

Filed under: architecture, art + design, dev, news, politics, science

freaky

Dress the part?, wsj.com / the bike tree, guardian.co.uk / Capitalism’s Fundamental Flaw, forbes.com / ten things you don’t know about the Earth, discovermagazine.com / more on the verdict in Milan, harpers.org / percentage of young Americans unfit for military duty, due to fatness, criminality, or stupidity: 75, via haprpers.org, via drudgereport.com / how to use an apostrophe, apostrophe.me / Roger Penrose says Physics is wrong, from String Theory to Quantum Mechanics, discovermagazine.com /  in the event that you have accidentally swallowed the Higgs boson, themorningnews.org

Filed under: architecture, literature, news, politics, science, tech, uncategorized

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